Sagnik Basu
The cover of the thick forest protected these rocks painting from being lost to the whims of nature. Executed mainly in red and white the scenes are depicting hunting, horse and elephant riders, animal fights, honey collection, decoration of bodies, disguises, masks and different type of animals etc. It depicts the aspect of social life throughout the long period of time, when man used to recurrent these rock shelters. Animals such as bison, tiger, rhinoceros, wild boar, elephants, antelopes, lizards, peacocks etc. have been richly depicted in the shelters. Prevalent religious and ritual symbols also arise frequently. The colors used by the cave inhabitants were prepared by combining manganese, hematite, red stone and wooden charcoal. Perhaps, animal fat and extracts of leaves were also used in the mixture.